SONGWRITING

Henk Pool and Tjeerd van Zanen; hosts and songwriting coaches.

Henk Pool


(Den Ham, 26 juni 1960) is a classically trained Composer | Songwriter | Producer from the Netherlands, with Multi-Platinum & Gold success both in the USA and Europe. Henk has had songs cut by Avalon (Testify to Love, DOVE PopSong of the Year & Ascap Award, 6 weeks #1 USA CCM Charts), Wynonna (charting soundtrack for ‘Touched by an Angel’), Marco Borsato (Multi Platinum in the Netherlands and Belgium), Sir Cliff Richard (UK), Chris McClarney (USA), Laura Fygi, Zomaer, Guus Meeuwis, Brigitte Kaandorp, Gerard Joling, Jennifer Ewbank, Denise Rivera (NL), Marie-Eve Janvier (Can), Willem Botha, Lloyd Cele (SA), amongst many others. He also had two songs in the US film ‘A Foreign Affair’ with Tim Blake Nelson & David Arquette. Henk composed the orchestral score for ‘The Roymann Closure’, with Robert David Hall (CSI). The music was recorded in Prague, with the ‘City of Prague Philharmonic’. Title song for the very successful and award-winning film 'Cool Kids Don't Cry'. Henk also writes a lot of music for documentaries, drama and other TV programs. Recently Henk had songs in the Dutch Musical 'Drs Down', and the movie 'Pestkop' (2017).
Henk does a lot of songwriting around the world, especially in the USA (Nashville and LA) with great songwriters like Curtis Richardson, Danny Orton, Troy Verges, Leland Grant, Andrew Fromm, Bill DiLuigi, Michèle Vice-Maslin (Disney/MTV), Allan Roy Scott, Jeff Silbar, Michael Garvin (USA), Paul Field, Wayne Tester, Jeff Silbar, Jennifer Paige, Tjeerd Oosterhuis, Allan Eshuijs, Lori Lieberman, Chris Eaton, Ashley Hicklin, Rupert Blackman and Big Dawg.
Henk works from his home base Artica Productions Studio in the beautiful old city of Leeuwarden, and travels the world writing for all kinds of projects. He co-owns and co- operates Las Negras Songwriting Camps, a very successful hub for internationally acclaimed songwriters.
 
Tjeerd van Zanen

Composer, musician and producer Tjeerd van Zanen (New Guinea, 19 October 1956) lived in Curaçao until he was 10 when his family moved to the Netherlands. He has played guitar for Geo, Rick Devito, The Moonrunners, The Dolly Dots, Angela & the Rude, Jango Edwards, Back To Basic, the Belgian singer Dana Winner, Willeke Alberti, Mieke Stemerding, E'velyne, Xander de Buisonjé, Hind and Maud. Together with Alan Michael he wrote and produced the songs One Good Reason and One More Night, winning the National Song Festival for Marlayne and Esther Hart in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He reached 2nd place in the National Song Festival in 2001 with his own group Ebonique and the song So Much Love. He contributes music to the Junior Song Festival and has composed music for films, including Johan and Worst. Van Zanen started the band The Auratones and had a successful tour with guest vocalist Boris. He teaches songwriting at the Rotterdam Conservatory and recording and production at the HKU in Hilversum. He was Henkjan Smits’ righthand man during the first instalment of the RTL 4 TVshow The X-Factor (2006/2007). He also played in Ruth Jacott’s band during her A Lady On Stage Tour (2013).

Masterclasses by Allan Eshuijs and Martijn Crama

Allan Eshuijs (born 31 May 1976, Zaanstad) is a Dutch songwriter, (vocal) producer and vocalist. He started his songwriting career writing mainly for Dutch and German artists, including Cascada, Yvonne Catterfeld, Ch!pz and Sandy Mölling, but he now also works with US and international artists such as Madcon, Estelle, Taio Cruz, Lost Frequencies, Fedde Le Grand, Dannii Minogue and Macy Gray. His most successful hits to date are "Crazy"[1] by Lost Frequencies & Zonderling, "Evacuate the Dancefloor" by Cascada, which reached #1 in the UK and the Netherlands, and Ch!pz' "1001 Arabian Nights".

Eshuijs began his career as a vocalist after obtaining a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2000.[2] He founded the music production company GEMINI Music and started working as a backing vocalist and keyboardist for a number of successful national and international artists, including Oleta Adams, Jocelyn Brown, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Candy Dulfer and Ruth Jacott.
Eshuijs' first songwriting duties took place in 2003 for Dutch singer Hind.[2] In 2004 he signed to Universal Music Publishing, where he spent five years as a songwriter.[2] During that time he wrote hits for several Dutch acts including Do and Ch!pz, for whom "1001 Arabian Nights" reached #1 in the Netherlands as well as reaching the Top 5 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
In 2009 Allan founded his own independent agency for vocalists and songwriters, vocalkitchen.[2] In 2015 Allan teamed up with long-time friends and fellow songwriters Chris Willis, Chad Wolf, Curtis Richa, Gary Pine, Jimmy Burney and Do (singer) and founded the agency vocal.kitchen catering to DJs such as David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Tiesto, Fedde Le Grand, Lost Frequencies, and more.

Martijn Crama knows the music business inside out as the manager of acts including IX, Bells of Youth, Stefany June, Krach, Florian Wolff, RubyQ and TAPETOY. He has published a book on the art of getting on in the music world, and can provide you with all the tips and tricks for social media and getting your songs heard.